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Ryle all-state basketball player Maddie Scherr accepts college scholarship offer from Oregon

By Terry Boehmker
NKyTribune sports reporter

Maddie Scherr, the do-it-all guard on Ryle’s state champion girls basketball team last season, has accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Oregon, one of the Final Four teams in this year’s NCAA women’s tournament.

Scherr announced her decision on Twitter late Monday night. The 5-foot-11 junior guard received scholarship offers from Division I programs across the country, including Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, North Carolina State, Florida and UCLA.

Maddie Scherr suited up in an Oregon uniform during her recruiting visit. (Photo from Twitter)

Ryle won its first Kentucky state championship this year with Scherr as the team’s floor leader. She was named the most valuable player on the state all-tournament team after averaging 12 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 4 steals and 2.3 blocks in four games at Rupp Arena.

Before the state tournament began, Scherr was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky. She finished her junior season averaging 15.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 3.3 steals and 1.5 blocks in 38 games. She was voted one of the top five players in Kentucky in a post-season poll of coaches around the state.

Last summer, Scherr drew the attention of college recruiters while playing in the Nike Nationals select team tournament in Chicago.

In five games with the Kentucky Premier team, she had 54 points, 30 rebounds, six assists and two blocks. She was a double-figure scorer in four of her team’s five games, shooting 40 percent (22 of 54) from the field overall and 38.4 percent (5 of 13) from 3-point range.

At that time, Scherr was ranked No. 17 in the nation among college prospects in the graduating class of 2020, according to USA Today high school player evaluations.

With college recruiting behind her, Scherr can look forward to her senior season at Ryle. She’s one of three starters returning from the state championship team that finished with a 33-5 record. If the Raiders win a third straight 9th Region championship, they’ll be the first girls team to do that since Highlands in 1994-96.

Scherr will enter next season with career totals of 1,832 points and 872 rebounds. She will likely break her team’s all-time records in both of those categories. She’ll also be among the leading candidates for Miss Kentucky Basketball as a senior.

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